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As the opinion notes, the lawyer violates Rule 1.6(a) "when a lawyer participates in public commentary that includes client information, if the lawyer has not secured the client's informed consent or the disclosure is not otherwise impliedly authorized to carry out the representation." Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from this opinion is that this marks the second recent opinion where the ABA took pains to point out that Rule 1.6 provides no exception for information that is "generally known" or "contained in a public record." See American Bar Association Formal Opinion 479 (Dec. 15, 2017). This point is critically important, because there is a significant misunderstanding among lawyers that they are free to discuss material that would otherwise be confidential if it happens to appear in a publicly filed document. This common perception is wrong in many, if not most, jurisdictions, and as of late, the ABA seems to be going out of its way to stress that point to lawyers. The ABA adopts the majority position that the public filing of a document that contains confidential information, in nearly all cases, will not convert the information contained in that document into "generally known" information, and the normal rules of confidentiality will still apply. Not everyone agrees, including the Supreme Court of Virginia in Hunter v. Virginia State Bar, 285 Va. 485 (2013). For now, however, the ABA's view of publicly available information is the articulated view of most state bar regulators and not a theory that most lawyers should consider tempting in their everyday practice. One final point to note about the opinion is the ABA's stated view that even the identity of a lawyer's client is protected under the rules of confidentiality, and that a lawyer violates the confidentiality rules when the lawyer describes a client's "hypothetical" situations "if there is a reasonable likelihood that a third party may ascertain the identity or situation of the client from the facts set forth." The "hypothetical" situation is a common tactic that lawyers use; instead of naming a specific client or case, a lawyer will describe a "hypothetical situation." Many lawyers believe that this type of linguistic gymnastics insulates them from liability.
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